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Saturday, December 20, 2003

Armadillo Aerospace News: Drum pump, Powered landing, Engine work
chabot imageWe have been experimenting with different ways to load the big vehicle with propellant. Without a launch license, we are limited to somewhat less than three drums of propellant, so our current handling procedures are based around drums. When we fly larger loads, we will probably be loading directly from a large capacity storage tank
We have previously loaded the big tank by filling the 80 gallon tank on the trailer, then pressure feeding that into the vehicle tank. This leaves the problem of getting it into the transfer tank, and also gives us another good sized piece of equipment to cart around. Another problem we had was that pressurizing the transfer tank to push the propellant into the vehicle tank caused the big hose to kick around quite violently. Read More


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